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New Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care

Over a year and half ago, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) began the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). The study assessed the current state of TMD research, education and training, the safety and efficacy of clinical treatments, and associated burden and costs.

Statement by NIDCR Acting Director on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

I am pleased to announce the release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care. As underscored by the comprehensive report, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) are a diverse and still poorly understood set of complex, painful conditions affecting the jaw muscles and tissues, temporomandibular joints, and associated nerves. Clearly, there is much more to be understood, and these conditions continue to confound medical and dental health care providers and researchers.

Have you seen the film Dark Waters?

The Film. Dark Waters is about attorney Robert Billott's real-life 20 year legal battle against DuPont chemical for releasing toxic waste - perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA - into Parkersburg, West Virginia's water supply, with devastating health effects on the townspeople and livestock. PFOA, also known as C8, is a man-made chemical. It is used in the process of making Teflon and similar chemicals known as fluorotelomers.

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project The TMJ Association received the following request from Professor Justin Durham and his research team at Newcastle University. We encourage TMJ patients to participate in this project as it is an under researched

Drug Induced Bruxism

The authors of this article state that orofacial movement disorders (bruxism) are treated typically by dental professionals and not by those specialists (neurologists) researching and treating the other movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, tremors, etc.). Again, this is more evidence of the complexity of TMD and the need for multidisciplinary research and treatment in TMD.

Patients Needed in Baltimore MD Area: Study on Genetics and Facial, Jaw and Headache Pain

  • Sep 23, 2016

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursing asked us to post the following announcement on a research opportunity for patients.

Chronic orofacial pain represents an economic burden both in the United States and worldwide affecting 5-10% of the population. Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore have developed a novel and comprehensive genetic, behavioral and imaging approach to study the role of genetic variations on pain mechanisms in healthy participants as well as participants with facial, jaw and headache pain.

Who is eligible to participate?

You may qualify if:

  • You are 18-65 years of age
  • You speak and understand English
  • You are either in good health or you have had headaches, facial pain, and/or jaw pain recently

This research study:

  •  Requires one screening visit for ensuring eligibility
  •  Requires one experimental study session lasting no more than four hours

Compensation for all sessions and parking vouchers are provided. If you are interested, please email CollocaLab@son.umaryland.edu or call 410-706-5975. For more information, please read the informational flyer.

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